The National Stonewall Democrats is a grassroots network connecting LGBT Democratic activists from Seattle, Washington to Austin, Texas to Little Rock, Arkansas to Atlanta, Georgia. With more than 90 chapters across the country, Stonewall is a grassroots force for social change within our movement and within our party. Our members do the hard work of calling voters, putting together campaign mailings, going door-to-door for our fair-minded candidates and having tough conversations with Democratic party officials about why our families need and deserve more support from our party and its elected officials.
Stonewall is America's only grassroots Democratic LGBT organization. We focus on creating change in three ways: educating the LGBT community about the differences between the political parties; mobilizing the LGBT community to get out to vote on Election Day for fair-minded Democrats; and standing up when Republicans attack our families and our civil rights while we lead the Democratic party to continue improving its record on issues important to our community.
Our members represent every age range, geographic area, ethnicity and gender. Some are activists who have been involved for years; others have just gotten started fighting to create change. We welcome everyone ready to work to put in office fair-minded Democrats who will stand up for us.
Stonewall's work within the Democratic Party has lead to tangible benefits for our families. Most of this work has taken place on the local level. Our work has seen Democratically-controlled bodies repeatedly enact pro-equality legislation through local school boards, county commissions and state legislatures. Local change doesn't always receive the same amount of press as federal legislation. However, in recent years our equality has arrived through grassroots politics - just the kind that Stonewall specializes in.
National Stonewall Democrats is the vehicle for our community to access Democratic candidates and elected officials, and our responsibility in that role mandates that we educate Democrats on our issues. We not only lobby Democrats in the halls of power, but we also engage these officials at the precinct level even as we walk with them door-to-door during election years. It is Stonewall's obligation to explain to our community how working with Democrats leads to substantial achievements. And as Democrats continue to stand up for LGBT families, we must also continue to explain to our party why Democrats must also join our community's fight for marriage equality.